A series of good news items for Alameda. The first was the news that one of the America’s Cup teams: Artemis Racing representing the Royal Swedish Yacht Club will be based in Alameda. The City sent out a press release yesterday, it’s reproduced in full below:
America’s Cup Team Anchors in Alameda
Artemis Racing, Challenger of Record for the 34th America’s Cup representing the Royal Swedish Yacht Club, will land on the shores of the City of Alameda in preparation for the 34th America’s Cup, which will be held on the San Francisco Bay in 2013.
“Alameda offers convenient shoreline water access to our racing grounds in San Francisco Bay immediately next to large industrial warehouse space. It is a turn-key option which will allow us to operate efficiently and immediately in 2012. We all look forward to settling in for this season and making the most of the facility,” said Paul Cayard, CEO of Artemis Racing. Artemis will be leasing a 110,000 square foot former airplane hangar as its base of operations at Alameda Point.
“We are honored that some of the most elite sailors in the world, commandeering the fastest sailing vessels, have chosen to make Alameda their home port,” said Mayor Marie Gilmore. “We enthusiastically welcome the 70-member Artemis Team and their families to our community, where they will find great schools, walkable neighborhoods, excellent restaurants, as well as day-to-day services to comfortably meet their needs.”
“Alameda is the maritime village of the Bay Area,” said City Manager John Russo. “We have over 100 maritime-related businesses, ranging from custom-makers of sails and submersibles, to full-service shipyards that repair ferry boats and super-yachts.”
Alameda is a natural destination for those who wish to watch the 34th America’s Cup events. These spectacular races will be within a close range and easily visible from multiple public viewing areas around the Bay. Alameda has been identified as an official launching point for accessing the races, with expanded service from its ferry terminals. Visitors may round out their race day experiences with a wide assortment of recreational, entertainment, or dining options in Alameda.
“Our community is ecstatic about Artemis being here,” said Christopher Seiwald, Chair of the City’s Ad Hoc Committee for the America’s Cup. “It is great news for our local economy that we will be hosting these magnificent catamarans and their crews right here in Alameda.”
For more information on Alameda and the America’s Cup, visit http://www.alamedawaterfront.com, a website created by local residents, or the City’s America’s Cup Ad Hoc Committee’s website at http://www.cityofalamedaca.gov/City-Hall/Americas-Cup-Ad-Hoc-Committee
All I can say is well done citizen ad hoc committee. Well done. Best. Ad Hoc Committe. Ever.
In other Alameda Point news, Faction Brewing is moving to Alameda Point. I think I might have mentioned this before, but it really deserves a second mention. Apparently Alameda Point beat out Richmond which Faction Brewing initially was looking at for their brewery. I mean it’s no Lawrence Berkeley Labs, but we’ll take it.
Also, I tweeted the news last week, appropriately squeeing about Off the Grid coming to Alameda:
But now it’s all official with a press release and everything, highlights:
Leading national real estate acquisition and management firm Jamestown, and Off the Grid, the premier San Francisco-based organizer and manager of mobile food truck markets, announced today the launch of a new weekly market at Alameda South Shore Center, beginning Saturday, June 2nd.
Off the Grid: Alameda @South Shore Center will feature a rotating selection of 8 – 10 food trucks every Saturday from 11am – 3pm in the parking lot fronting the intersection of Park and Otis streets (adjacent to Petco).
An exciting array of family-friendly street food vendors, representing diverse cultures and cuisines, will participate. The weekly-rotating lineup includes such purveyors as CupKates, Brass Kuckle, Five Ten Burger, Curry Up Now, Hapa SF, Mayo & Mustard, Dosa Truck and Seoul on Wheels.
“The Saturday food truck market is another great reason to visit South Shore Center,” said Michael Phillips, chief operating officer of Jamestown, the center’s owner. “We’re excited to partner with Off the Grid to create a gathering place for the community, where those who love to cook and those who love to eat can come together in a casual, festive setting.”
Exciting times in Alameda indeed. Don’t forget that Rock Wall Wines is also having their Food Truck Frenzy on Saturday June 9th from 5 – 9 p.m. so you could, if you wanted to, only have Food Truck food all day on Saturday the 9th.
But look at this awesomely cool photo, we should be seeing these around: